The Emmy Awards are designed to honor television's very best. But, of course, not every deserving show or performer can be invited to the party. Here's a list of some of this year's Emmy snubs: Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"): To overlook her last year was a shame. To diss her two straight years is absolutely inexcusable. Just how many clones does this phenomenal actress have to play before Emmy voters get a clue? "The Good Wife": Broadcast television's best drama was given the cold shoulder once again, despite one of the season's buzziest plot twists (the death of Josh Charles' character) and an aggressive promotional campaign by CBS. Andy Samberg and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine": Apparently their Golden Globe victories failed to impress the academy. James Spader ("The Blacklist"): The charismatic Spader already has three Emmys on his mantle for other performances. Perhaps the voters thought that was enough. Jay Leno: First, he was dissed by NBC. Now, the former "Tonight Show" host gets dissed by the academy and has to watch as his replacement -- Jimmy Fallon -- cops an Emmy nod. "The Americans": The electrifying FX cold-war drama just can't get any Emmy love. Neither can its highly deserving stars, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. Bellamy Young ("Scandal"): She had a breakout season in her role as first lady, but failed to earn a supporting nod. "Masters of Sex": Props to Lizzy Caplan for her nomination, but the show, along with lead actor Michael Sheen, also deserved recognition.
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